Midnight Lager
Stella Artois

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From:
Stella Artois
 
Belgium
Style:
European Dark Lager
Ranked #13
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,133
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
119
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 14, 2023
Added:
Oct 27, 2019
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  21
SCORE
84
Good
Midnight LagerMidnight Lager
Notes: Introducing our limited edition Midnight Lager. When winter hits, we often reach for something a little special, a little richer, even a little darker. But we don’t always crave the same flavors and textures of the usual dark beers. That’s why we created Stella Artois Midnight Lager. This limited release dark lager has a light to medium body, balanced drinkability, 5.4 % ABV and surprisingly crisp, dry finish that helps make the season feel original again.

18 IBU
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Rated: 3.25 by njbusa from New Jersey

Jan 14, 2023
 
Rated: 3.96 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured very dark, near black, but maybe it was the carbonation (which is quite lively) that is reflecting light making it look less than black. Who knows, The tan head was pleasing to look at, but it didn't last long.
Aroma very mild for me, and that's the norm. I did get a little cracker type smell in with the malts and hops.
Taste is solid! I'm not normally a fan of Stella but in a quest to try as many dark lagers as I can, I had to try this one and I am not disappointed. Smooth yet lively, malty and biscuit flavors trump the hops but the flavors are so balanced it works quite well.
For the price point, I think I'll pick up a 6 pack every year they are available. Good beer!
Apr 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.63 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Apr 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 30, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle that says brewed in the U.S.A. Baldwinsville, NY

On the pour there is a not quite one finger head that dissipates over a few minutes to just a light covering and ring around the glass. What does stay of the head sticks around for the whole beer. Lots of carbonation coming up to the top but it is black so you can't see the carbonation. Held up to light it becomes a very dark murky brown still almost black however. It wants to lace but it just can't quite stick.

Aroma is largely sweet and bread toasty malts. Lager character is quite apparent. Some bittering hops coming through in an earthy herbaceous way. Nice but maybe some diacetyl, but vague.

Taste follows the smell with the nalt being forefront and lager beer flavor right after. Some bitterness comes through after the main flavors subside. Aftertaste is some sweet maltiness that remains mingling with what remains of the hops.

Feel is quite nice at first. Big presence with the carbonation and surprising creaminess. Once the burst of foam subsides it becomes more dry but a bit watery and disappears on the finish.

Overall it's a nice dark lager very similar to a German Dunkel. Also very much like a Stella. So if you like dark beer and you also like Stella and want to combine the two, then voila.
Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
LOOKS:
Black ad midnight with a tan colored, active and bubbly foamy cap, lays out quick with plenty of cover to admire.
SMELLS:
Roasty chocolate pecan malt, blackberry-Blueberry vanilla fruity and creamy sweetness. Noice!
FEELS:
A jazzy first hit, carbonated and bubbly, clean and soft edges. Smooth, once again--clean with a refreshing finish. Wow.
FLAVA:
The roasty dark chocolate malt is fantastic, almonds within, charred herbs, dark fruity berries wild style, creamy, vanilla soft notes all around that other stuff. Basically takes on a roasty, chocolate stout within a the traditional Pilz, lager style.
OVERALL or bits n' pieces:
I dig it thoroughly.
Mar 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.48 by bongobeer from Alabama

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by frankd65 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served on tap at the venerable Chimney Rock Inn in NJ. When I saw this on their list of offerings, I thought I'd give it a try, as regular Stella is just okay for me and not one of my usual go-tos - but I was curious to see how this one would play out. It's a good beer that I enjoyed. Very dark pour, malty, a bit fizzy, very low hop presence, some nice roasty coffee/cocoa notes in the mix. Vaguely reminiscent of Heineken Dark, from what I recall on last sampling that brew many years ago.

If you are seeking a darker beer that is not as complex or heavy as a stout or porter, but still with a bit more heft than a standard lager, this might do the trick to fill that slot. With regular Stella, I'm typically one-and-done, but I liked my first Midnight enough to down a second one (which the ABV definitely accommodates). Would definitely seek out again when I am in the mood for this variety of brew.
Feb 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.57 by oberon from North Carolina

Feb 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Dustin015 from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
L- Dark brown/ Black with a nice tan head

S- Sweet coffee, chocolate, barley and toffee

T- Roasted barley with almost undetectable hoppyness. light bitter.

F- medium light body. medium carbonation.

O- Surprisingly tasty. the aroma is fantastic and really carries this beer. I would buy this again.
Jan 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by Chipwells from Georgia

Jan 13, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.03 by Anacross from Oregon

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by LennyBound from Illinois

Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
11.2 oz bottle poured into English Pint glass
Look: Dark color, like cola, 1 finger tan head, disappeared quickly. Carbonation like a cola
Smell: Malty with notes of chocolate
Taste: Medium bitterness, chocolate and coffee flavors, tasty
Feel: Excellent carbonation, not as heavy as expected
Overall: Reminds me of a compromise of the easy to drink lager and the complex flavor of a dark beer. Yes, I would come back to it.
Dec 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.69 by dd53grif from Michigan

Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From the bottle in a snifter. This decent little dark pours a
dark brownish black with a nice head of khaki foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin dusty layer, and shows some nice
light lacing. Nose of toasted malts with faint coffee and
light dark chocolate notes. Flavors surpass the nose with a nice
presentation of dark chocolate, toasted grains, subtle coffee, and
crisp herbal hop notes. Medium light body, light carbonation, smooth,
lightly crisp but a touch watery finish that is balanced lightly bitter
malt and herbal hops.

Overall---solid.

Cheers
Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Griphon from Florida

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by Hazey92 from New York

Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by NPerez from New York

4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I'm not usually a fan of Stella, and don't understand why it's such a popular brand. I find it hard to resist a seasonal release from anyone though, so I figured I'd give it a try.

First I want to say that I think this may be inconsistent between batches, because what I'm seeing in other reviews isn't consistent with my experience.

Appearance: Black. Nice foamy head with barely any retention. No lacing.
Aroma: Malt, chocolate, caramel
Feel: Medium body, very light carbonation
Taste: Very flavorful. Sweet. Nutty chocolate and a little caramel.

I'm not saying this is the best dark lager ever, but I was really surprised. I think this stuff is delicious, especially considering it's Stella, and I'm sad that it's not available year-round. In a store with a massive selection, I'm sure I could find something better, but I think this will be my go-to when buying from my tiny corner-store as long as it's still available.
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
330ml bottle into a pint glass. Best by 4/10/21, so 7 months late on this one.

Looks pretty good in the glass. Black body is a clear deep red when held up to the light. Small tan head shrinks to a collar, light lacing.

Grainy, malty aroma.

On tasting, the age has likely killed off any coffee or chocolate notes, so as it stands, a strong malty taste.

Mouth between medium and full, finish no different that the taste.

Overall, quite one dimensional. A strong taste, but the lack of any complexity makes it tiresome halfway through. Age may be an issue.
Nov 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Oct 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by BeerBeast from Florida

Oct 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by Budlum from Maryland

Oct 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by datstankadank from New Jersey

2.29/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
11.2 oz bottle .... but brewed in NY. This shouldn't be called euro dark lager. This is just AB inbev shitting on american consumers. Import tax + 11.2 oz for beer made in the same shithole as budweiser. Beer sucks of course, lacks any depth of flavor and drinkability. Pass
Oct 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Raime from Korea (North)

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Twelve pack purchased at local Speedway gas station.

Look -Dark brown with good clarity. Finger of head. Fair stick and retention.

Smell - Light roasted coffee in small amounts and toasty.

Taste - The toasty aspect dominates here with a mild coffee finish. Chocolate on the back end.

Feel - Chocolate amps as it sits around. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good for a gas station twelve pack. Price wasn't too shabby either. Worked well on a relatively cool-ish Michigan night enjoying the sounds of nature.
Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Olesjm from Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
A: Dark brown/black and almost completely opaque with a solid 1/2"+ of creamy tan long lasting foam for a head. When the head settles it leaves a nice crown of lacing.
S: smells of malt, chocolate, and coffee.
T: chocolate and roasty coffee. Bitterness seems to come from the malts not the hops. I can't place the hop varietal but its definitely there somewhere. Finishes with some sweet roast.
M: medium bodied, definitely not as heavy as people tend to think dark beers are. No noticeable carbonation, I'd say it's on the lower end.
O: overall not a bad beer. I'll definitely have another.
Aug 06, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had roast malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dark roast malt base and subtle bitter semi sweet chocolate highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.
Jul 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
330 ml bottle served in a lager glass. A nearly black beer poured from a nearly black bottle had a semi-durable beige head.
While this has quite a nice, and style appropriate, aroma the flavor is relatively disappointing. The feel of the smooth, near medium body is marred by rather high carbonation.
Overall. Certainly not stellar.
Jun 17, 2021
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
6/4/2021 Walmart
Jun 04, 2021
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Rated by Dapainter from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Was expecting something special, but didn't knock my socks off. Good beer though with Carmel & chocolate notes. I would buy again.
May 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

May 01, 2021
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